Ahead of this weekend’s All-Star Game, Nielsen has released updated N-scores (their measure of athlete name recognition and likability) and Linsanity had the highest score in the entire NBA. Lin scored 104, compared to 90 for Kobe Bryant and 82 for LeBron James. According to the survey, 19% of Americans recognize Lin. It’s safe to assume that number is only going to go up.
As Thursday’s Knicks vs Heat game approaches, fan fervor in Miami is reaching epic proportions. Fans there have realized that Lin is a much more exciting attraction than “The Big Three”–the average ticket price online is up to $600 and courstside seats are going for $800. This good be the best game of the year as the best team from the Before-Lin Era plays the best team in the After-Lin era. Get ready for fireworks and if we’re lucky another game lin-ner from #17.